Job Title: Fertilizer Production Operator – Apprentice
Reports to: Fertilizer Production Manager
FLSA Status: Regular- Exempt
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
As a fertilizer production operator, you will work on a team that is responsible for keeping production flowing, meeting performance goals, and maintaining finished product quality standards that Trulieve cultivators, our internal customers expect from our products.
Operators are skilled technicians who work with a variety of light or heavy machinery, using their in-depth knowledge to produce goods, make repairs, or join systems together. They may operate control systems, monitor gauges and meters, troubleshoot process failures, resolve breakdowns, and start or stop operations when necessary. Operators are expected utilize production equipment in accordance with established procedures and guidelines.
In addition to process operation, equipment maintenance is a focus as well. Maintenance responsibilities include preventative maintenance scheduling, performing routine inspections to verify that equipment parts are viable and meeting specification, completing routine maintenance work (e.g. rebuilding pumps), and making tool changes or adjustments as necessary to maintain quality standards. Adjustments to machine settings and other tasks must be completed accurately, according to specifications, and in a timely fashion.
Outside of fertilizer production, maintenance responsibilities will include working with fertigation/nutrigation systems where the TruBlend fertilizer formulation is applied.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Environment, Health, and Safety
- Aid the Site Administrators in compliance with State Law and Department of Health Rules.
- Observe safety and security procedures: Must have the ability to read, understand, and apply operating procedures (e.g. SOPs).
- Enter confined spaces while properly filling out confined space and Lock Out, Tag Out (LOTO) documentation.
- Must be committed to working in a highly safety-conscious environment: PPE is required attire in production areas. Wear required safety personal protective equipment (e.g. eye protection, ear protection, safety shoes).
- Create Standard Operating Procedures for the Cultivation Division and update as needed.
- Ensure chemicals and other raw materials are stored properly, maintain a clean work environment free from hazards.
- Patrol tanks, troughs, basins, and plumbing to ensure they are not overflowing or leaking.
- Report spills or dangerous conditions.
- Perform Batch Tracking:
- Record each batch into the batch sheet and then into SAP.
- Collect samples for quality checks: Acquire and store samples for initial quality analysis and retain samples.
- Submit fertilizer samples for analysis and quarantine finished fertilizer until test results have been returned.
- Determine test results: Release inventory that has past testing and rework/dispose of off-quality inventory.
- Keep track of instrument readings and document: Volume, flow rate, temperature, pH, concentration, and other physical process variables.
- Measure ingredients being added to production vessels and blend fertilizer and chemicals according to specifications and work order instructions.
- Mechanical Skills: Responsible for operating chemical plant machines and entire chemical processes. Monitors instrumentation, adjusts valves, read gauges and meters at regular intervals, operates multiple unit operations (e.g. pumps, augers/screws, belts, tanks, etc.).
- Controller Proficiency: Operate panelboards, control boards, semi-automatic equipment, and automatic equipment.
- Operate basic hand and power tools, specialty machinery to fabricate, manufacture, assemble, or move products.
- Assist with startup, shut down, and operation of processes and equipment; perform necessary pre-operation activities to ensure proper equipment startup and operation on multiple pieces of equipment.
- Adjust machines as needed for changeovers, different functions, or other varying needs of production.
- Fill fertilizer into totes, barrels, tanks, and tankers.
- Properly label barrels, totes, and other types of containers filled with finished fertilizer product.
- Wash out totes/barrels after mixing different parts of the fertilizer blend.
- Retrieve containers for filling.
- Respond to and appropriate
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Morale, Communication, and Leadership
- Teamwork/interpersonal skills: Ability to work in a self-directed or team environment.
- Listens and accepts feedback from others.
- Able to work in a group setting.
- Be able to manage multiple objectives and execute around priorities.
- Desire to learn and be exposed to a manufacturing environment.
- Collaborate with contractors and vendors on relevant activities.
- Ability to excel in a team environment. Ability to work independently and with a team.
- Follows instructions and responds to management direction.
- Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time.
- Self-directed and leads by example.
- Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
- Ability to write simple correspondence.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Math, Science, and Reasoning Ability
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
- Be able to perform dimensional analysis/unit conversions.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
- Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized yet dynamic situations.
- Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.
- Display strong technical and analytical skills.
- Possesses a strong understanding of plant nutrients and their deficiencies.
- Able to use computer equipment and software related to inventory, work orders, billing and on blending equipment.
- Able to use computers for job functions and training.
- Possess mechanical/process troubleshooting and analytical skills.
- Understanding demonstrated ability of how operated machine works: Be able to navigate through custom Fertilizer Production and Fertigation equipment human-machine interfaces.
ADDITIONAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required.
- Having the experience and the right credentials is generally more important than a college education.
- Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Must successfully complete a comprehensive background screening.
- May have to complete an apprenticeship and/or formal training in area of specialty with 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
- Attention to Detail is required.
- Must be able to push, pull, move, and/or lift a minimum of 50 lbs to a minimum height of 5 feet and able to push, pull, move, and/or carry such weight a minimum distance of 50 feet, with or without mechanical assistance.
- Must have the physical stamina and strength to handle Heavy Equipment and Materials: Lift 100 pounds by bending and stooping; climb, stand, and move around on stairs, ladders, and platforms; twist, turn and bend. Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly.
- Must be able to work seated/standing as appropriate at workstations for extended periods of time, maintain body equilibrium while climbing ladders, stairways, stopping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching, and use hands/fingers to hold, grasp, turn, pick, pinch frequently/constantly to complete tasks.
- Must have visual acuity with/without job aids to perform activities such as reading, viewing a computer terminal, visual inspection involving small parts/details. Clarity of vision at 20 ft or more in day and night/dark conditions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include depth perception.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, work in high or precarious places, and encounter fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals that maybe present.
- The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- 40+ hours weekly with flexible hours depending on department needs. Must be available to work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- May be required to travel up to 10% of the time.
- Willing to work rotating shifts.